University Heights Secondary School
Curriculum Outlines:


Tier 2  |  Tier 3  |  Tier 4

Tier 2, 1st & 2nd Semester

Brief description:

Cycles 1& 2: Exploration of the origins and implementation of power in society and government

Cycle 3: The Harlem Renaissance. Students will become familiar with the art, music and poetry and writings of the Harlem Renaissance.

Cycle 4: Civil Rights. Students will become familiar with the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. Students will become familiar with the struggles of the civil rights movement and consider the question: "What rights are worth fighting for?"

Target population:

Tier 2 (9th Grade)

Goals and objectives:

Students will learn to work together & resolve conflicts by learning cooperative learning techniques and conflict resolution.

In English students will learn to: identify own behaviors in a group setting; design presentations to show understanding of the theories of mediation, negotiation, and consensus; identify conflicts and themes in literature; practice reading strategies that enhance reading comprehension; write point-of-view and opinion papers based on majors themes in literature. Students will become familiar with the genres of poetry, the novel, and the short story.

In Social Studies students will learn the three branches of government and how each works. Students will also learn to diagram the process in which a bill becomes a law.

Major topics/theme: Cycles 1 & 2: What is power? Is power good or bad? How can I be an agent of positive power in my community? Why are laws and government needed? Cycle 3: The Harlem Renaissance.

Cycle 4: Civil Rights

Alignment to standards:

(English Languages Arts) Standards: 1,2, 3, 4

Read and comprehend informational materials.

Produce a report of information.

Participate in group activities

Revisal of student work.

Compare and contrast works of literature

(Social Studies) Standards: 1, 2, 3

Resources and materials to be used: Films: "Mi Familia, "Crooklyn", "Like Water For Chocolate�, "Ghosts of Mississippi", "Rosewood", "From These Roots"

Novels: Lord of The Flies, The Giver, Warriors Don�t Cry, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry,

Short Stories and excerpts

The Americas (historical text)

Primary and secondary sources

The Writing Process (writing and grammar text)

All The People (historical text)

Assessment measures:

1) Roundtable and group presentations

2) A portfolio that includes: essays and persuasive writings, original poems and responses to poetry and literature, a collage, and a biography 3) Exams and quizzes

Tier 3, 1st Semester: Identity

Brief description:

Through readings, class discussions, and journal writing, students will explore the question, "Who am I?" Target population:

Tier 3 students (10th and 11th grade students)

Goals and objectives:

To introduce the themes of global studies and relate them to students� personal experiences. Students will articulate and evaluate their own problem solving processes, and analyze and use different strategies for solving problems and making moral choices. Major topics/theme:

Issues of gender and identity

Class groups: how do individuals fit into society?

Alignments to standards:

(English Languages Arts) Standard 1: Language for information and understanding

(English Languages Arts) Standard 2: Language for literary response and expression

(English Languages Arts) Standard 3: Language for critical analysis and evaluation

(English Languages Arts) Standard 4: Language for social interaction

(Social Studies) Standard 1: History of the United States and New York

(Social Studies) Standard 2: World History

(Social Studies) Standard 3: Geography

Resources and materials to be used:

The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton

selections from various textbooks

short stories from: American Street


Family Installments

Assessment measures:

journals, essays, worksheets, role plays, class discussion, portfolio roundtables

Tier 4, 1st and 2nd Semesters

Brief description:

Cycle 1: Students explore their own lives and their family values.

Cycle 2: Students move on to explore moral systems through world religions, Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, and the Muslim faith.

Cycle 3: Students explore morality and values as applied to political systems, Democracy and Socialism.

Cycle 4: Students study the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

Target population:

Tier 4 (12th Grade)

Major topics and themes:

Identity, group and individual, world religions, political systems and the ideas and theories behind our Democratic government:

Cycle 1: Through exploring their own values and their family values, students will recognize the importance of ethical choices in life and society. Students will be writing point of view pieces, comparative essays, and a college essay to go along with their college applications.

Cycle 2: Students will learn about some of the world�s religions, scared texts and the common elements and value of all religion in human society. Students will be reading The Bible, The Koran, and other texts exploring the positive and negative aspects of religion in the modern world. Students will be using the Mid Manhattan Library to research an original paper using footnotes and a bibliography.

Cycle 3: Students will learn about Communism, Socialism, and Democracy in the 19th and 20th centuries. Students will read original texts and write critical papers.

Cycle 4: Students will take a deeper look at our government. We will read original documents, The Federalist Papers, The Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution. Students will write a constitution of their own to govern their ideal society.

Goals and Objectives: Students will identify their own strengths and weaknesses in writing and speaking, and learn to formulate, clarify and reflect on ideas. They will learn to create extended pieces of writing, expository and creative. Students will learn to do original research and put together a research paper. Students will learn to exhibit, perform, and speak to an audience. Students will learn to construct comparative essays based on works of literature. Alignment to standards:

(English Language Arts) Standards: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

(Social Studies) Standards: 1,2,3,4,5

Resources and materials to be used:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley

The Color of Water, James McBride

Readings on World Religions

The Koran

The Bible

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

The Federalist Papers

The Constitution

The Declaration of Independence

Das Kapital, Karl Marx

Assorted reading from Richard Hofstader on political systems